McFarland Fire Department Burning Permits
Spring and fall are times for many people to clean out gardens, rake leaves, prune trees and trim bushes. Although the Village of McFarland collects leaves and brush (see Brush Chipping & Yard Waste Collection for details), some residents may want to burn certain types of yard and garden waste.
A burning permit is required in order for residents to burn the following materials.
- Garden waste
The permit holder must understand and acknowledge the following:
- Building material and rubbish may not be burned.
- Leaves cannot be burned. It is against Village ordinance.
- A responsible adult must attend the fire at all times.
- The adult must have a hose or other means of water supply available at the fire site.
- The permit holder is responsible for any damage if the fire becomes out of control.
- The permit may be voided by the Fire Chief or his designee at any time.
- Burning may only take place between sunrise and sunset.
Burning Permit Guidelines
- Open burning is NOT permitted in the Village of McFarland without a burning permit.
- Burning branches, weeds and brush can be done on the 2nd and 4th Saturday & Sunday of the month only.
- Burning of building materials is NOT allowed.
- Although you must submit a separate permit for each weekend, you can complete and submit a permit for more than one weekend.
Where to Obtain a Permit
- Burning permits may be obtained free of charge from the Administrative Office at the McFarland Municipal Center, 5915 Milwaukee Street, on Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
- Interested parties may also contact the Fire Department at (608) 838-3278 for additional information.
- Please do NOT use accelerants such as gasoline to start or escalate burning.
- Permitted fires must be attended to prevent the fire from spreading to undesired areas. Attending a fire means a physical presence with a means to extinguish the fire, such as a garden hose or water can.
- Care should be taken regarding the direction of smoke travel so as to not create a nuisance for neighbors.
- In the event of unsafe burning conditions (high winds, dry conditions or any other hazards), burning will be suspended.
Special burn requests may be arranged by contacting Interim Chief Rob Kunze at (608) 838-3278 (Fire 1 office) or cell (608) 513-3158.
2013 Burn Schedule